COVID-19 Staff News - January 25, 2021
Today's quote
"As of right now, a single dose in the highest risk Manitobans isn’t going to change how we approach our public health measures."
Dr. Roussin on why we can’t afford to let our guard down even as the campaign to deliver first doses to personal care home residents wraps up this week.
Today's Counts

# of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba: 28,180
# of new cases today: 113
# of new cases yesterday: 222
# of people currently hospitalized: 272
# of people with/recovering from COVID-19 in ICU: 36
# of active cases: 3,542
# of individuals recovered: 24,464
# of COVID-19 related deaths: 804
# of cases in IERHA: 10 today, 391 active, 1,711 recovered
5-day-test positivity rate: 10.8% today, 10.6% yesterday

In the news . . .
Second Caregiver Wage Support Program payouts underway
The Manitoba government has processed more than 20,000 new claims worth $19 million as part of the second intake of the Caregiver Wage Support Program. Launched in November, the program recognizes low-income and middle-income workers who have been integral in protecting Manitobans during the province’s pandemic response. The Manitoba government has provided $18 million, while the federal government has contributed the remaining $17 million. Eligible caregivers have received an hourly $5 top-up to their wages based on the number of hours worked during the intake period. Read more

Vaccine related news

Personal care home residents prioritized if vaccine supply remains limited
Dr. Reimer advises that right now Manitoba has enough vaccine supply in its freezers to provide the second dose to personal care home residents or maintain second dose appointments for care providers next week and the week after at super sites. Personal care home residents are being prioritized for dose #2 as they tend to have a lower immune response compared to younger people. Therefore, the second dose will occur as per schedule to increase their ability to fight off the virus after vaccination. We’ll know on Friday this week if second dose appointments for care providers need to be cancelled based on the federal government’s confirmation of the amount of vaccine to be delivered the week of Feb. 8. People with appointments are being asked to plan to keep their appointments. You will be contacted to advise if your appointment will be cancelled.

No new appointments being booked
At the Winnipeg and Brandon super sites, new appointments are not being made due to the Pfizer vaccine supply disruption. Beginning this week, every dose of vaccine administered at the super sites will be a second dose, meaning more Manitobans will have fuller protection against COVID-19. 

All personal care homes immunization visits complete by Saturday
From now to Jan. 30, focused immunization teams will continue visiting the remaining 62 personal care homes across the province to offer the first dose of the vaccine to eligible residents. By the end of the week, people living in all of Manitoba’s personal care homes in Manitoba will have had an opportunity to be immunized. 

Focused immunization teams will regularly revisit personal care homes to capture those new to these facilities and those who may have not been able to secure the first dose when first offered. As vaccine supply increases, those awaiting placement in personal care homes will be included in vaccine delivery.

Priority population list for vaccination to be shared on Wednesday
The vaccine implementation task force will release its COVID-19 priority population list this Wednesday that will outline the sequence of populations to be offered vaccine as part of the complete roll-out of Manitoba’s vaccination plan.
Enhanced consent form now available online 
An enhanced consent form for the vaccine is now available for Individuals who are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or breastfeeding; immunosuppressed due to disease or treatment and/or have an autoimmune condition. These individuals will be required to complete two consent forms. The standard COVID-19 immunization consent form MUST be completed prior to completing the enhanced consent form. Read more
IERHA Occupational Safety & Health
All staff members can contact the Occupational Health Nurse by emailing COVID19OCCHEALTH@IERHA.CA or by calling 1-844-940-1993. This email and toll-free phone number are monitored Monday - Friday, 0800-1600 hours and on weekends and holidays from 0800h-2000h for on-call coverage for COVID-19 related issues and emergencies. 

Phone: 1-844-940-1993
For general guidance, contact Health Links at 1-888-315-9257. 

Regional screening/testing activity
Mon-Sat, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
100 Easton Drive

Monday, Jan. 25
57 screened, 57 swabbed
Saturday, Jan. 23
33 swabbed
Friday, Jan. 22
40 screened, 39 swabbed
Thursday, Jan. 21
29 screened, 26 swabbed
Wednesday, Jan. 20
36 screened, 34 swabbed
Tuesday, Jan. 19
40 screened, swabbed
Monday, Jan. 18
40 screened, 38 swabbed
Mon-Fri, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
35 Railway Ave. (Wellness Cnt.)

Monday, Jan. 25
8 screened, 8 swabbed


Friday, Jan. 22
12 screened, 12 swabbed
Thursday, Jan. 21
2 screened, 2 swabbed
Wednesday, Jan. 20
3 screened, 3 swabbed
Tuesday, Jan. 19
11 screened, 11 swabbed
Monday, Jan. 18
9 screened, 9 swabbed
Powerview-Pine Falls
Mon-Fri, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
37 Maple St. 

Monday, Jan. 25
33 screened, 33 swabbed


Friday, Jan. 22
16 screened,16 swabbed
Thursday, Jan. 21
27 screened, 27 swabbed
Wednesday, Jan. 20
9 screened, 9 swabbed
Tuesday, Jan. 19
17 screened, 17 swabbed
Monday, Jan. 18
14 screened, 14 swabbed
323 Sunset Blvd.
This COVID-19 testing site is operated by Dynacare. More details.
Visit the Shared Health website for updates and new information.

Your Infection Prevention and Control Team
The Infection Prevention and Control Program is in the process of onboarding two new coordinators during the month of February. As we go through these changes, there may be a delay in timely responses to questions, phone calls and emails. For COVID-19 related concerns, please refer to the Shared Health website for up to date information. 
IP&C Manager, Patrice Lee
P: (204) 467-3386, C: (204) 461-0421
Trina Dillon
IP&C Coordinator
Phone: (204) 467-4764
Fax: (204) 785-4874
  • Community and long term care liaison
  • Antibiotic Resistant Organism Surveillance (AROS) - acute care 
  • Health-care Associated Infection (HAI) surveillance - long term care
  • Beausejour Hospital
  • Beausejour East Gate Lodge PCH
  • Gimli Johnson Memorial Hospital
  • Lac Du Bonnet PCH
  • Lundar PCH
  • Pinawa Hospital
  • Pine Falls Hospital
  • Pine Falls Sunnywood PCH
  • Stonewall Dr. Evelyn Memorial Hospital
  • Stonewall Rosewood PCH
  • Teulon Hunter Memorial Hospital
  • Teulon Goodwin Lodge
  • Whitemouth PCH
  • Resource to affiliate PHCs: Red River, Tudor House & Betel 
Amanda Preachuk
IP&C Coordinator
Phone (204) 785-4034
Fax: (204) 785-4874
  • Hand hygiene lead
  • EMS liaison
  • Outbreak planning and influenza lead
  • Surgical surveillance
  • Dialysis – Hodgson & Berens
  • Arborg Hospital
  • Arborg PCH
  • Ashern Lakeshore General Hospital
  • Ashern PCH
  • Eriksdale E.M. Crowe Memorial Hospital
  • Eriksdale PCH
  • Fisher Branch PCH
  • Oakbank Kin Place PCH
  • Selkirk Regional Health Centre
  • Resource to affiliate PHCs: Red River, Tudor House & Betel